The Korean War is sometimes called The Forgotten War, having come between the end of World War II and the United States’ involvement in Vietnam.
But to many families in Kent County, the three-year war in the early 1950s was all too real.
The names of 11 local men lost during that conflict will be read as part of a 2 p.m. ceremony on Sunday that will honor all Korean War veterans at the Kent County Veterans Memorial Park on South Little Creek Road.
A new memorial to Korean War veterans also will be dedicated during the event. The park is already home to a Vietnam Memorial and the Gold Star Mother and Families Memorial.
Sunday’s ceremony will coincide with the 61st anniversary of the 1953 armistice that ended active fighting.
“These guys are the fathers, uncles and older brothers of our Vietnam veterans,” said Paul Davis, the vice president of Vietnam Veterans of America’s Kent County Chapter 850, which organized the event. “They are tried and true patriots, who fought under very harsh conditions. We think this is very appropriate.”
Keynote speaker will be Daniel E. Coons, a Korean War veteran who served as an Army intelligence analyst. From 1977 through 1987, he served in the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary as a command pilot and division commander, flying interdiction and search and rescue missions.
Coons is nationally known as the founder of the Airway Science Program at Delaware State University. Since its inception in 1987, the undergraduate degree-granting program has trained and placed hundreds of people in commercial, corporate, governmental and military aviation careers.
“We look forward to welcoming our Korean veterans to the site,” Davis said, adding that the general public also is encouraged to attend.
For more information on the memorial or to learn about ordering inscribed bricks to be placed at the site, call (302) 697-8384 or visit delawarevva.com.